Penn State (20-7, 10-6) is ranked No. 16 in the latest AP Poll, a seven-spot drop following two straight losses. It was a tough week for the Nittany Lions, as shooting woes doomed them at home against Illinois and in Sunday's road game at Indiana. Penn State made just six three-pointers combined in both games, by far the lowest outputs of the season.
The losses follow a shockingly similar path as the last time Penn State was ranked in the top 10 during the 1995-96 season. Those Lions climbed all the way to No. 9 in mid-February, just to get blown out in back-to-back games by Indiana and Purdue.
Pat Chambers and his squad are back at it this Wednesday at home against Rutgers (7 p.m. EST, Big Ten Network), and are looking for revenge from a January loss that sent Penn State into a three-game skid. A healthy Myreon Jones would go a long way to helping the Lions. The sure-shooting guard has missed five straight games, and his absence has loomed large over the two losses when the Lions became stagnated on offense and couldn't find any rhythm from deep.